Say the name Sister Wendy Beckett and most people will immediately picture the unique figure of the elderly nun as she tours the world’s art galleries, talking intensely to the TV camera.
While her love of painting is widely known,
her enthusiasm as a collector of pottery and porcelain is certainly
Now that too will come to light as
Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury prepare to offer 45 lots from
Sister Wendy's collection at their porcelain, pottery and glass
sale on April 30.
The eclectic collection spanning continents
and hundreds of years has been amassed mainly as the result of the
generosity of others. It ranges from Tang Dynasty pottery to
porcelain figures made at Germany's Meissen factory in the last few
Many of the objects are associated with
Sister Wendy's time spent filming with the BBC and all have lived
alongside her in her caravan in the grounds of the Carmelite
monastery in Quidenham, Norfolk, where she continues to reside. She
is selling the objects to raise funds to help the Order.
Most of the items are estimated in the low
hundreds, but among the highlights are these partially restored
mid-18th century Meissen figures of Turkish ladies, pictured here,
standing 6in (15cm) high, which come with expectations of